Krueck + Sexton: Reflections
September 9 - October 28, 2017
Ron Krueck and Mark Sexton have worked in partnership for over 35 years. Reflections focuses on works - specifically chairs - from their commissions in the 1980s which propelled Krueck+Sexton’s career.
Ron Krueck was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where, in his early years, he was exposed to art in the local art museum and was encouraged to draw. He chose to study architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he was impressed with Crown Hall, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. During the summers, while studying at IIT, Krueck traveled, thinking he could gain more architectural insights from seeing the world's great cities and monuments than from working. After he received his B.A. from IIT in 1970, Krueck took a job at the Chicago office of C.F. Murphy, now Jahn, and then with the office of Hammond Beeby. In 1975 he left the practice of architecture to study painting and drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago, until he opened his office with the commission of The Steel and Glass House in 1979.
The studio continues to be influenced by Krueck’s interest in art, as well as by his early education in the Modernist doctrines at IIT. Krueck had worked with Mark Sexton for ten years when they established the office of Krueck & Sexton Architects in 1991. Krueck has taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a position he held until 2012. Krueck's built work has received numerous design awards, and his architectural drawings are in museum collections and have been exhibited in exhibitions worldwide since 1981. Krueck is active in Chicago's cultural affairs and serves on boards and committees of related interest. Krueck was elected to the Interior’s Hall of Fame, as well as to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1992.
Mark Sexton is a founding partner of Krueck + Sexton Architects and, along with Ronald Krueck, designs and manages all of the firm’s work. Mark is responsible for the development and execution of design ideas, and for the coordination of project teams. His dedication to craftsmanship, material, and detail enables the firm’s built work to express the values of modern design with a timeless quality.
Mark has worked with Ron Krueck since graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1980. He became a member of the AIA College of Fellows in 2006. Mark serves the GSA Design Excellence Program on their National Registry of Peer Professionals as well as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Advisory Design Council and the IIT College of Architecture Board of Overseers. He also teaches an Architecture Engineering and Design course at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University.
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